Beer, ball and free Yoga
The Procrastinator's Guide to Labor Day weekend
It's been such an insane August — with an offshore oil explosion, fires, Clemens court dates and more fires — that we almost forgot about the three-day weekend until it was upon us. But that doesn't mean our Labor Day plans are limited to gym, tanning, laundry and watching Jersey Shore reruns. Here's how to celebrate the last bit of summer, city-style.
- Almost 100 restaurants have extended their Houston Restaurant Week deals until Monday, which means a last chance to indulge in the best dining experience without the four-star price. Check out the list of extended HRW participants and their menus here.
- This weekend also means opening games for college football. Check out one of the in-state rivalries on display, whether it's Rice vs. Texas at Reliant Stadium or the University of Houston vs. Texas State at Robertson Stadium.
- For the biggest rivalry around (this weekend), hit the TSU game against Prairie View A&M, also known as the 26th Annual Houston Labor Day Classic. Checkout the pre-game weekend mixers or just head to Reliant Stadium, where the halftime battle of the bands will be as intense as the football contest.
-Forget spending $10 at the movies. Head to Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday night for District D at the Movies Night's free screening of one of the highest-grossing movies in history — 2009's Avatar.
-35 miles from the city in Rosharon, Skydive Spaceland is hosting the's world's most accomplished adrenaline junkies for the National Canopy Piloting Championships. Watch them soar through the air with the greatest of ease through Saturday.
-Through Monday the Brewmasters International Beer Festival takes over Moody Gardens and Galveston, the highlight of which should be the Brew HaHa Grand Tasting on Saturday from 3-6 p.m., featuring over 300 international, domestic and local Texas beers, as well as food and music.
-This is the third of four weekends making up the Houston Fringe Festival, at EaDo's Frenetic Theater. Catch performances by iconoclastic artists from all over the spectrum, from theater performances by Ray Hill and Dan Perez, dance by Moth/Sol Y Luna from Canada and Zoetic Dance from Atlanta, film and live performance from Margo Toombs and light-painting by Matt & Che Crawford.
-On Sunday, get your bhangra on at Miller Outdoor Theatre with the colorful signing and dancing family fun of Bollywood Blast, put on my Sanskriti, the Society for Indian Performing Arts
-You know you love a bad boy — especially one with his heart on his sleeve. So head to The Woodlands' Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and listen to John Mayer's soulful crooning on Sunday night. We won't tell your friends.
-Monday is Free Day of Yoga, so find one of the 50 participating studios around town and get your zen on — after all, this three-day weekend can't last forever.